Universal Pictures’ James Brown biopic, “Get on Up,” begins with a 6-year-old James Brown, as he’s abandoned by his mother (played by Viola Davis) and left to live with his Aunt Honey (played by Octavia Spencer), who runs a brothel. And the film ends in 1993 with a comeback concert, after Brown served prison time for aggravated assault and eluding the police in a wild car chase.
So it’s not quite a birth-to-death biopic.
Brown would eventually die on Christmas Day in 2006 – 13 years after the movie’s above ending.
Directed by Tate Taylor (“The Help”), and produced by Brian Grazer and Mick Jagger, the film cast includes Lennie James, Nelsan Ellis, Jill Scott, Dan Aykroyd, Keith Robinson, Craig Robinson, Tika Sumpter and Dan Aykroyd.
“Get on Up” was penned by Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth, who wrote the script for “Fair Game,” which starred Naomi Watts and Sean Penn.
Universal has set the film’s release date for August 1, 2014, which is next week Friday.
Ahead of the film’s theatrical debut, Universal has released 8 clips from it, as well as a new poster, all embedded below (poster above):